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Components: 173 works (with 15 images)
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Title:  Portraits of boxers and other athletes
Work Type:  prints; photographs
Creator:  Chickering, Elmer, photographer
Worth, Thomas (1834-1917, American), artist
Frost, Arthur Burdett (1851-1928, American), artist
E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, lithographer
Date:  1750-1914
Description:  Chiefly portrait prints and photographs of American, British, and Irish boxers, along with some promotional broadsides, newspaper clippings, and illustrations of championship boxing matches from the mid-18th to early 20th centuries. About a third of the 366 items in the collection depict early athletes and scenes from other sports, including cycling, competitive walking (or pedestrianism), horse racing, cockfighting, hunting and fishing, golf, baseball, and cricket. More than 100 boxers are portrayed, from pioneer English bare-knuckle champions John Broughton and Jem Mace to John L. Sullivan and the first world heavyweight champion "Gentleman Jim" Corbett. Among the many highlights are photographic portraits of A. Molineaux Hewlett, an African-American who was appointed Harvard University's first director of physical education in 1859; a cabinet card photograph of female boxer Bertha Frances with the printed caption, "Champion, New York Illustrated News"; more than 40 prints by early American illustrator A.B. Frost; and original drawings for Currier & Ives prints by comic and genre artist Thomas Worth.
Dimensions:  various sizes, some as large as 92 x 70 cm.
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Fores, Samuel William (1761-1838, English), publisher
Currier & Ives, United States, publisher
Topics:  portraits; sports; athletes; boxing; boxers (sports)
Materials/Techniques:  intaglio
lithography
photography
photomechanical processes
Mostly engravings and etchings, some hand-colored; lithographs, including offset and chromolithographs; photographic prints, chiefly albumen and gelatin silver with a few salted paper, carbon, and collodion prints; and halftone photomechanical prints. Also includes a few woodcuts, Victorian silk Stevengraphs, drawings, and watercolors.
Note:  General: Includes prints by mostly American and British photographers, engravers, lithographers, artists, and publishers, notably photographers John Wood and Elmer Chickering; engravers Percy Roberts and Henry Thomas Alken; artists and illustrators William Hogarth, I.R. Cruikshank, Thomas Worth, and A.B. Frost; lithographer E.B. & E.C. Kellogg; and publishers George Newbold, S.W. Fores, and Currier & Ives. Most items include identifying information.
Provenance: Stamped on versos of most items: Harvard College Library, from the bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell, 1918. During his life Evert Jansen Wendell amassed a collection of books, pamphlets, plays, playbills, sheet music, manuscripts, documents, maps, autographs, and portraits estimated to have been in excess of one million items, which he bequeathed to Harvard University in 1918. Most of the materials were eventually dispersed to various Harvard repositories and the rejected materials, about 700,000 items, were sold at auction. The Portrait collection was transferred from Widener Library to the Fine Arts Library in 1985.
Copyright:  Please consult Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, for copyright information and restrictions on use.
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library, Harvard University
Related Information:  HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
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 Work 1 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224287?height=150&width=150

Title:  Peter Maher and Robert Fitzsimmons
Work Type:  advertisements; lithographs
Date:  1896
Description:  Matched to fight Feb 14th 1896 for $10,000 and Police Gazette Belt; VOLXVII No. 961 supplement to Police Gazette Feb. 1st 1896 Richard K. Fox propr. Richard K. Fox - Publisher
Dimensions:  41cm x 57 cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Fitzsimmons, Robert (Bob Ftizsimmons, boxer), subject
Topics:  boxers (sports)
Note:  General: Caption: Matched to Fight Feb. 14th 1896 for $10,000 and Police Gazette Belt. ; Supplement to the Police Gazette Vol. LXVII, No. 961, Feb. 1st 1896, Richard K. Fox, Propr.
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00047
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 Work 2 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224280?height=150&width=150

Title:  Jack Havlin
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Chickering, Elmer, photographer
Description:  Elmer Chickering - Photographer
Dimensions:  21cm x 10cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  cardboard
albumen process
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00040
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 Work 3 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224285?height=150&width=150

Title:  Jack Johnson, No. 76
Work Type:  trade cards; photomechanical prints
Date:  1887-1914
Description:  Baseball and Athlete Picture Dept. Drawer S. Jersey City, N.J. - Publisher
Dimensions:  20cm x 15cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  card
halftone process
Note:  General: Turkey Red cigarette card
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00045
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 Work 4 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224277?height=150&width=150

Title:  Jack McGee
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Chickering, Elmer, photographer
Description:  Elmer Chickering - Photographer
Dimensions:  21cm x 10cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  cardboard
albumen process
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00037
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 Work 5 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224284?height=150&width=150

Title:  James Jeffries, No. 55
Work Type:  trade cards; photomechanical prints
Date:  1887-1914
Description:  Baseball and Athlete Picture Dept. Drawer S. Jersey City, N.J. - Publisher
Dimensions:  20cm x 15cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Jeffries, James J. (1875-1953, American), subject
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  card
halftone process
Note:  General: Turkey Red cigarette card
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00044
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 Work 6 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224281?height=150&width=150

Title:  John L. Sullivan: Woven in pure silk by T. Stevens, Coventry:
Description:  "Stevengraph" Thomas Stevens - artist
Dimensions:  14 cm x 18 cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Sullivan, John Lawrence (Boston Boxer, American), subject
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  Stevengraph silk
Note:  General: Printed on mount: Woven in pure silk by T. Stevens, Coventry
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00041
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 Work 7 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224278?height=150&width=150

Title:  Johnny Murphy
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Chickering, Elmer, photographer
Description:  Elmer Chickering - Photographer
Dimensions:  21cm x 10cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  cardboard
albumen process
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00038
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 Work 8 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224286?height=150&width=150

Title:  Knock-out Brown
Work Type:  trade cards; photomechanical prints
Date:  1887-1914
Dimensions:  15 cm x 20 cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  card
halftone process
Note:  General: Turkey Red cigarette card
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00046
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 Work 9 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224283?height=150&width=150

Title:  Packey McFarland, No. 58
Work Type:  photomechanical prints; trade cards
Date:  1887-1914
Description:  Patrick "Packey" McFarland Baseball and Athlete Picture Dept. Drawer S. Jersey City, N.J. - Publisher
Dimensions:  20cm x 15cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  card
halftone process
Note:  General: Turkey Red cigarette card
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00043
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 Work 10 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224279?height=150&width=150

Title:  Patrick "Paddy" Duffy
Work Type:  photographs; cabinet photographs
Creator:  Chickering, Elmer, photographer
Description:  Elmer Chickering - Photographer
Dimensions:  21cm x 10cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  cardboard
albumen process
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00039
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 Work 11 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224282?height=150&width=150

Title:  Tommy Murphy, No. 59
Work Type:  trade cards; photomechanical prints
Date:  1887-1914
Description:  Baseball and Athlete Picture Dept. Drawer S. Jersey City, N.J. - Publisher
Dimensions:  20cm x 15cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  card
halftone process
Note:  General: Turkey Red cigarette card
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00042
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 Work 12 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224288?height=150&width=150

Title:  New York Dramatic News conducted by Leander Richardson; John L. Sullivan
Work Type:  lithographs; prints
Date:  1893
Description:  Vol. 36 No. 18. New York Saturday, Apil 1st, 1893, Price 10 cents. John L. Sullivan on the cover of the New York Dramatic News Dramatic News Publishing Co. The Knapp, Lith, NY - Printer
Dimensions:  44cm x 30cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Sullivan, John Lawrence (Boston Boxer, American), subject
Topics:  boxers (sports); publications
Note:  General: Vol. 36, No. 18, New York, Saturday, April 1st 1893
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00048
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 Work 13 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224289?height=150&width=150

Title:  The Benicia Boy John C. Heenan, Champion of the World
Title: born in West Troy New York, May 2, 1835, Height 6 feet 1 1/2 inches, fighting weight from 185 to 190 lbs. Beat the Champion of England in 42 Rounds April 17th, 1860 Time 2 hours 20 min.
Work Type:  lithographs; prints
Dimensions:  45cm x 34cm
Associated Name:  Currier & Ives, United States, publisher
Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Heenan, John C (Boxer, nickname "The Benicia Boy"), subject
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Materials/Techniques:  color
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00049
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 Work 14 of 173    
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:3224290?height=150&width=150

Title:  John Langan, The Irish Champion
Work Type:  lithographs; prints
Date:  1824
Description:  S.W. Fores - Publisher
Dimensions:  38 cm x 55 cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Fores, Samuel William (1761-1838, English), publisher
Topics:  boxers (sports); portraits
Note:  General: Caption: John Langan, the Irish Champion; born in 1799. Height 5ft. 10 inch. Weighs 12st. 4lbs.
Related Work:  part of Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00050
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http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:14438842?height=150&width=150

Title:  The manner in which Mendoza caught Humphries twice, and generously laid him down without taking the advantage of his situation
Work Type:  lithographs
Date:  1790
Description:  Daniel Mendoza, Richard Humphries, boxers. S. W. Fores, publisher.
Dimensions:  30cmx39cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Fores, Samuel William (1761-1838, English), publisher
Mendoza, Daniel (1864-1836, English), subject
Humphries, Richard, subject
Topics:  boxers (sports)
Related Work:  part of Portraits of boxers and other athletes
Related Information:  HOLLIS catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00261
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Title:  The Great Contest Between Sayers and Heenan
Work Type:  sketches; prints
Description:  J.B. Rowbotham & J. Brown: artist J.R. Mackrell & J.B. Rowbotham: engravers C. Roker: Publisher based on a photograph by G. Bonner, photographer
Dimensions:  50cm x 68cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Heenan, John C (Boxer, nickname "The Benicia Boy"), subject
Sayers, Tom (Boxer), subject
Related Work:  part of Portraits of boxers and other athletes
Related Information:  HOLLIS catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00165
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Title:  Bob Travers "The Ebony Phenomenon" Presented gratis with No. 23 of Famous Fights in the Prize Ring
Work Type:  engravings; prints
Description:  WHW: engraver
Dimensions:  51cm x 39cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Related Work:  part of Portraits of boxers and other athletes
Related Information:  HOLLIS catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00441
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Title:  Toff Wall Middle-weight Champion; Presented Gratis with No. 19 of Famous Fights in the Prize Ring
Work Type:  prints
Description:  Charles "Toff" Wall, boxer.
Dimensions:  51cmx38cm
Associated Name:  Wendell, Evert Jansen (1860-1917), collector
Topics:  boxers (sports)
Related Work:  part of Portraits of boxers and other athletes
Related Information:  HOLLIS catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
VSCO230.00443
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Record Identifier: olvgroup12192

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